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C.H. Flowers defensive end Monte Taylor chooses North Carolina

C.H. Flowers defensive end Monte Taylor, a second team All-Met selection, committed to North Carolina during his official visit this weekend. Taylor said he will sign his letter of intent Wednesday to play for the Tar Heels, long his favorite school.

Taylor, a standout tight end-defensive end who helped the Jaguars claim their first-ever Maryland 4A South Region title, had offers from North Carolina and Western Michigan. The Broncos were the first to offer Taylor but they wanted him as a tight end. The Tar Heels, however, wanted him as a defensive end.

Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound senior, caught 14 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns in a run-heavy offense. He also recorded at least 12 sacks.

Schools such as Cincinnati and North Carolina State were also interested in Taylor but never offered. He had visited North Carolina on unofficial visits before but when he was in Chapel Hill this weekend, he decided to commit.

“Because of the education and the program,” Taylor said. “They have a good education. ... And it’s better off for my future, not just for football, getting a degree from North Carolina.”

Taylor said he will have to enroll at Hargrave Military Academy for the first semester of next school year to improve his grades before heading to Chapel Hill next January.

“[Coaches] said it was going to get me better prepared for North Carolina,” Taylor said. “Whatever will get me better ready for that I’ll do.”

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.



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